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Distant Music – John Palen

John Palen Distant Music ISBN 978-1-936419-74-6

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 & S&H

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The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.” A victim of childhood sexual abuse grows into her own recovery by “Learning to Breathe.” A snow-plow driver burdened with guilt finds respite after

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Devon Moore – Apology of a Girl Who Is Told She Is Going to Hell

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 76 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-54-8
$15.95 & S+H

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Found mothers, grief, lost loves, addictions and 12-step programs inhabit these poems of narrative excavation rife with lyricism and imagery. Unflinching, at times cinematic and occasionally comic, the poems in this collection will seize you in their stilled, dark complexity. Always grounded in experience, imagination, and clarity of expression, Moore’s poems take you from her father’s deathbed

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A Different Harbor – Elizabeth Genovise

Elizabeth Genovise - A Different Harbor - Front cover

Short stories. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-38-8 $15.95 plus S&H

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The impulse to salvage, to resurrect, is always with us. The stories in A Different Harbor portray lives that have all the depth and wild weather of the Great Lakes, but are in desperate need of affirmation. From a child who has lost his mother, to a woman struggling to move on after a disastrous marriage, the characters in these stories flail for any chance to revive what they have lost. They

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Under Foot – Stephen Lewandowski

Under Foot by Stephen Lewandowski

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-32-6
$15.95 + S&H

Combine a life-long love of literature, an amateur (loving) interest in and study of Natural History and a professional career in soil conservation, and you will arrive at Under Foot, a book-length series of poems and essays by Stephen Lewandowski.

Under Foot has a strong elegiac feel. Lewandowski’s earlier books of poems (there are ten) are about love and nature. Now, Under Foot brings in death as a third great theme. But Under Foot is anything but gloomy. Instead it develops perspectives—some comic, some serious—on this universal theme and necessity.

If books can be elemental, Under Foot is

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Written On Water: Writings About the Allegheny River – Edited by Helen Ruggieri and Linda Underhill – (with bonus CD!)

Written on Water: Writings About the Allegheny River

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 90 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-30-2 $19.95

About “Written on Water”
Note: this book includes a bonus CD!
The Allegheny River is the easternmost west flowing river in the United States and was a major thoroughfare for early settlers. This anthology looks at the Allegheny historically, and as both a recreation area and a spiritual area today. The poems and prose pieces detail the full flow of the river, beginning near Port Allegany, PA; crossing the state line into New York; dropping back into Pennsylvania through small towns and forests; and merging with the Monongahela at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio

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Feeding Wild Birds – Robert Haight

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
$15.95 plus S&H
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-27-2

Feeding Wild Birds is a collection of poems rooted in the Michigan landscape, as seasons and lives undergo their seamless and subtle transformations. These are meditative poems in spare and simple language that examine the energies in animals, woods, lakes, land, weather and the human heart. In the silences and sounds of nature, the poems speak of the spirit that hovers just beyond the realm of our ideas, that whispers to us in stillness and that lights the paths of our awakening to the beauty of the world.

Praise for “Feeding Wild Birds”
Like the Buddhist and Taoist sages whom he admires, Haight places human life within the great realities—seasons, weathers, the

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Fierce This Falling – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Fierce This Falling - Betsy Johnson Miller

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 72 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-12-8

In Fierce This Falling, Betsy Johnson-Miller writes with the hard won honesty of the seer who has walked through the fire. Her poems chart the course of mortality through nature and the body, creating a fragile world balanced always on the verge of falling away even as it reveals its beauty. These poems ceaselessly question without offering easy answers, only the possibility of knowing we are not alone, the consolation that the biggest questions are shared by even the “small congregations/ of geese spend(ing) the morning/ beseeching a world/ beneath the water’s surface,” or the deer “staring at the

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Nothing More To Tell – George Dila

Nothing More To Tell - George Dila

Trade Paperback. 100pp.
$15.95 plus S&H
2011, ISBN 978-1-936419-05-0

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Nothing More to Tell brings together short stories that reflect the combined effects of history, family, and society on the men and women of Michigan’s small towns and big cities. Dila’s prose presents us with a view of middle-aged, middle-class men that is at once ruthlessly honest and understanding. Their lives are tightly woven chains

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Stranger Air – Stacie Leatherman

Stranger Air - Stacie Leatherman

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 84 pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2011, ISBN 978-1936419-036

Stacie Leatherman’s dynamic poems inhabit the cusp between the domestic and the utterly strange. To read them is to travel where we haven’t been before, where things seem lost or on the verge of disappearing. To make something from nothing, out of the pure air of imagination, but to make it so sensually, emphasizing touch, creating a world of things to fill the air, a world of tumbling metaphors and images, is the essence of this superb book where every word is a metaphor for something unsayable. Leatherman is always probing, uncovering and discovering, and she understands that surrealism is a mode of restless thought, not a mere program. When you open

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Cyborgia – Susan Slaviero

Cyborgia - Susan Slaviero

Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-904

Melding the language of sci-fi and sensuality, Cyborgia, Susan Slaviero’s redolent, ambitious debut, wallows delightfully in its rhythm and vocabulary yet remains sharp and meticulous. In this lyric guide to cyborg feminism — complete with robosexuality and teledildonics — Slaviero traverses traditional female tropes, including fairy-tale heroines, mermaids, and brides. Full of lucent wit, imagination, intelligence, and a scathing playfulness.

Consider the Dangers of Reconstructing Your Wife As a Cyborg
by Susan Slaviero

If you ask, I will explain the paradox of a virus that infects only metal. I am not your celluloid marionette. Not marriage material, or hulled fruit. You think I am cruel as the moon, but really,

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